CON­STITUENCY SAY... Rate Your MP

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IN our Con­stituency Say this week, we fo­cus on leg­is­la­tor for Musika­vanhu con­stituency (Chipinge) Mr Proper Mut­seyami of MDC-T party.

THE leg­is­la­tor for Musika­vanhu con­stituency (Chipinge) Mr Proper Chap­fiwa Mut­seyami (MDC-T) has ac­quit­ted him­self well as a voice of the voice­less Ndau com­mu­nity.

His con­tri­bu­tions in Par­lia­ment have seen him be­com­ing one of the few re­spected op­po­si­tion leg­is­la­tors in the coun­try for ar­tic­u­lat­ing the hopes and as­pi­ra­tions of not only his Musika­vanhu con­stituency, but the en­tire Ndau com­mu­nity in Chipinge district.

How­ever, Mr Mut­seyami, who is serving his sec­ond term as an MP needs to broaden his scope, es­tab­lish net­works and syn­er­gies to push for the phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment of the ev­i­dently marginalised and un­der­de­vel­oped con­stituency.

“It is fact that the Ndau com­mu­nity has been marginalised for a very long time and for un­known rea­sons. We are proud to have an MP like Mr Mut­seyami. He has re­mained res­o­lute, putting the Ndau peo­ple on the map.

“He of­ten times speaks fear­lessly in Par­lia­ment about the need to pre­serve the Ndau lan­guage and cul­ture. He has been a true am­bas­sador of our lan­guage in Par­lia­ment, and this ranks as one of his most mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tions on be­half of the peo­ple of Chipinge,” said Mr Musu­tani Dh­lamini, of Chibuwe Vil­lage.

Mr Mut­seyami said he is obliged to speak on be­half of and against marginal­i­sa­tion of the Ndau com­mu­nity.

“It is a fact that the Ndau peo­ple have been marginalised for decades since in­de­pen­dence. I am Ndau and proud of it. I grew up among the Ndaus so I un­der­stand their pain and an­guish to­wards marginal­i­sa­tion.

“This is the rea­son why I am very vo­cal in Par­lia­ment. I am an ad­vo­cate for the preser­va­tion of the Ndau lan­guage. It must be ac­corded the same re­spect as other lan­guages in the coun­try. It must be ex­am­inable. There should be Ndau text­books in schools,” said Mr Mut­seyami.

Apart from his sturdy ad­vo­cacy in Par­lia­ment, Musika­vanhu re­mains piti­fully un­der­de­vel­oped. Mrs Chi­neni Dh­li­wayo of Za­muchiya Vil­lage be­moaned this ev­i­dent lack of de­vel­op­ment in Musika­vanhu.

“It is very clear that the area has not had any mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment for a very long time. The roads are in tat­ters, mak­ing some ar­eas in­ac­ces­si­ble. There is very poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion (mo­bile) net­work through­out the con­stituency.

“The coun­try is fac­ing some eco­nomic chal­lenges, yes, but I feel the MP needs to pull up his socks and do more in mo­bil­is­ing re­sources to de­velop this area,” said Mrs Dh­li­wayo.

Sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments were echoed by Dakarai Hlekiseni, of Mbeure, who said the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in Musika­vanhu iden­tify more with Mozam­bique than Zim­babwe due to marginal­i­sa­tion.

“To be hon­est with you, some of us iden­tify more with Mozam­bique than Zim­babwe. The pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion be­trayed and marginalised the Ndau tribe. This has been the case for a long time such that we now lis­ten to ra­dio sta­tions from Mozam­bique.

The in­fra­struc­ture in our con­stituency is so bad. You would not think that we have rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Par­lia­ment. There is noth­ing tan­gi­ble on the ground. There are no roads, health fa­cil­i­ties and schools to talk about in Musika­vanhu,” said Hlek­isani.

Za­muchiya, Mariya, Tuzuka, Mu­umbe, Mbeure, Rimbi, Chibuwe, Hak­wata, Mwangazi, Mat­suro, Ri­mai, Chisa­vanye, Manzire and Rukan­gare are the ma­jor vil­lages in Musika­vanhu be­ing served by only two high schools, namely Rimbi and Chibuwe.

Chibuwe High is the only board­ing school in the con­stituency.

Mr Ton­derai Ma­pamba, of Chibuwe vil­lage said MP Mut­seyami did lit­tle to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture in the con­stituency.

“I think th­ese were wasted two terms. We should have had a bet­ter can­di­date in par­lia­ment. He did noth­ing to im­prove the state of af­fairs in the con­stituency. I can­not find any­thing to point out. There is re­ally noth­ing that has im­proved in terms of in­fra­struc­ture. We ex­pected him to use his in­flu­ence as some­one who was now in his sec­ond term in par­lia­ment to push for in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment in the con­stituency,” he said.

Mr Talk­more Mu­sademba, a teacher in Mu­umbe vil­lage said MP Mut­seyami made nu­mer­ous calls in Par­lia­ment for im­prove­ment of ru­ral teach­ers’ wel­fare.

“We are aware that the leg­is­la­tor made nu­mer­ous calls in Par­lia­ment for ru­ral teach­ers to be given in­cen­tives in or­der to at­tract qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers in ru­ral schools. That would im­prove in­tel­lect lev­els in ru­ral ar­eas where bril­liant minds are be­ing wasted be­cause of lack of proper guid­ance and men­tor­ship. That was re­ally com­mend­able for him even though his calls fell on deaf ears,” he said.

Mrs Chenge­tai Mwahlupa, of Mwangazi said MP Mut­seyami did his part in ad­vo­cat­ing for re­pair of in­fra­struc­ture de­stroyed by Cy­clone Eline.

“We know we can­not ex­pect the MP to use per­sonal funds to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture. That is not the rea­son for elect­ing them. The MP did his part in ad­vo­cat­ing for re­pairs of in­fra­struc­ture de­stroyed dur­ing Cy­clone Eline but some­how there is noth­ing be­ing done on the ground. Hon­estly, we can­not ex­pect him to carry out main­te­nance works us­ing re­sources from his own pocket be­cause that is not his role. MPs should speak on be­half of con­stituents, some­thing that I think he did with dis­tinc­tion. I be­lieve the gen­eral lack of de­vel­op­ment has more to do with the pre­vail­ing harsh eco­nomic con­di­tions in the coun­try than in­ept­ness on the part of the MP,” she said.

Mr Chokuda Chimukombo, an elderly farmer at Chibuwe ir­ri­ga­tions scheme, said the MP did lit­tle to im­prove the con­stituency but was vis­i­ble in the con­stituency.

“It is fact that he has done lit­tle to en­sure de­vel­op­ment in the con­stituency. Maybe it is be­cause he per­son­ally does not have deep pock­ets. One thing that he has man­aged to do that many MPs fail to do, is to be with the peo­ple. He was al­ways here at fu­ner­als, wed­dings and par­ties. He re­ally showed us that he is one of us.

“I un­der­stand that he has sourced a se­cu­rity fence for the Chibuwe ir­ri­ga­tion scheme. That is a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment be­cause we had prob­lems with live­stock stray­ing into our fields,” he said.

Mr Mut­seyami said he has lob­bied for Gov­ern­ment at­ten­tion and re­sources in key ar­eas.

“It is true that the in­fra­struc­ture in the con­stituency is re­ally bad. Some roads are im­pass­able. This is the rea­son I have also been vo­cal on is­sues re­lat­ing to ra­dio net­works. Peo­ple in some parts of my con­stituency lis­ten to Mozam­bique ra­dio sta­tions. It is un­for­tu­nate that noth­ing is be­ing done by the re­spon­si­ble au­thor­i­ties.

“I have re­peat­edly raised is­sues re­lat­ing to health cen­tres; ac­ces­si­bil­ity of clin­ics in my con­stituency is wor­ri­some. I can­not con­struct a hos­pi­tal as an in­di­vid­ual be­cause I do not have the re­sources. At best I do a lot of ad­vo­cacy on key pri­or­i­ties, con­sci­en­tis­ing Gov­ern­ment, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, pri­vate com­pa­nies and NGOs about the plight and needs of my con­stituency. We have come up with other ini­tia­tives and took it upon our­selves as a com­mu­nity to mo­bilise re­sources to con­struct a clinic at Mbeure.

“We also have chal­lenges of mo­bile phone net­works. Sev­eral vil­lages have no sig­nals and I ac­tu­ally wrote three let­ters to Min­is­ter Supa Mandi­wanzira to in­ter­vene, but some­how noth­ing has been done apart from send­ing of­fi­cials to do fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies that have yielded noth­ing,” he said.

Mr Mut­seyami sin­gled out the re­seal­ing of the Tan­ganda-Chiredzi road as a prod­uct of his im­mense lob­by­ing. He said it took lots of ad­vo­cacy in and out­side Par­lia­ment.

The MP said he wrote three let­ters on the state of that road to the for­mer pres­i­dent Mr Mu­gabe and Pres­i­dent Mnangagwa when he was still the Vice Pres­i­dent.

“I am happy that the road is now be­ing re­sealed. I made a lot of noise about it in Par­lia­ment and in high of­fices. I am happy that some­thing tan­gi­ble is fi­nally be­ing done,” he said.

MP Mut­seyami said more de­vel­op­ment projects will soon be rolled out un­der the just re­leased Con­stituency De­vel­op­ment Fund (CDF). We give MP Mut­seyami a rat­ing of 8/10.

Hon­ourable Mut­seyami

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